[Spain: Madrid] 2* Deesa by Quique Dacosta

Rating: 5/5

The best meal I had in Madrid this time was at 2* Deesa Restaurante by Quique Dacosta! Located in the luxurious Alfonso XIII room at MO Ritz Madrid, the restaurant aims to showcase the ingredient and its seasonality. Two degustation menus are available - “Historic” featuring iconic dishes from Quique’s 3* restaurant in Denia and “Contemporary” with exclusive dishes created just for Deessa. We had the latter and were simply blown away by the superb execution and delightful flavors. Combined with a lavish setting and top notch service, I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets awarded the prestigious third star soon.

Our meal started with an invitation to a counter with a gorgeous presentation of a citrus forest. It was here that we also had our first bite - a refreshing ๐‚๐ข๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐›๐ž๐ญ ๐“๐จ๐๐จ๐ฅ๐ข/๐๐ƒ.

Back at our table, we then had one of Quique’s iconic dish - ๐ƒ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐ž; on the side was the ๐…๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ก ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ง๐š ๐ฅ๐จ๐ข๐ง ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ข๐ฅ-๐ฉ๐ข๐ฅ.

One of my favorites of the meal was the savory ๐‚๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž ๐›๐ซ๐ฎ-๐ฅรฉ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ซ๐จ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ค ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฌ, ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ๐š๐ง - a delightful surprise!

The ๐‚๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐จ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฉ, ๐ค๐ž๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ ๐ข๐œ๐ž-๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฆ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฅ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง was another refreshing dish - perfect for the summer heat.

The staff then rolled a cart to our table for the grand reveal of ๐‚๐š๐ฏ๐ข๐š๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐ซ๐จ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง with an in-depth explanation of the two types of caviar and roe we would be trying.

๐“๐ž๐š๐ซ-๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ž๐ ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐š๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ฃ๐š๐œ๐ค ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ญ ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐š - tear drop pears are one of my favorite ingredients to have during this season.

Then came a surprise dish from the chef - another one of Quique’s signature dish ๐ƒ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐š ๐ฉ๐ซ๐š๐ฐ๐ง ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ญ๐ž๐š ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐š๐ฐ๐ง ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง!

๐„๐ฑ๐ญ๐ซ๐š ๐ฏ๐ข๐ซ๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐จ๐ข๐ฅ ๐›๐ซ๐ž๐š๐

๐‚๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฌ๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ฆ๐จ๐ค๐ž๐ ๐ฉ๐š๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐ค๐š ๐๐ž ๐ฅ๐š ๐•๐ž๐ซ๐š - easily another favorite with its rich flavors!

๐†๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐š๐ง ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ , ๐ฌ๐š๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š ๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž-๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ก ๐†๐š๐ฅ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ๐š๐ง๐จ ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง

We ended the savory courses on a high note with the ๐ˆ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ง ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐ค๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฉ๐ข๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐œ๐จ๐š๐ฅ ๐ซ๐จ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ๐ก ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ˆ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ง ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ค ๐œ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ข - how cute is that piggy face on the crispy cracker!

Desserts started with ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐๐ข๐ง๐ž and ๐‚๐ก๐จ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ ๐ฏ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฐ๐๐ž๐ซ, before finally concluding with petit fours:

๐‘๐š๐ฌ๐ฉ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐œ๐š๐ง๐๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ / ๐•๐ข๐จ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฆ๐š๐œ๐š๐ซ๐จ๐ง

๐ƒ๐„๐„๐’๐’๐€ "๐‚๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ” - unlike your usual churro, this was more like a sponge cake with an airy texture.

๐‚๐ก๐จ๐œ๐จ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐›๐จ๐ง๐›๐จ๐ง

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